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CNN
Apr 17, 2013 9:00am PDT
envelope did reach the office of a united states senator, senator wicker of mississippi. an envelope that was tested not once, not twice but three times and so far proven to be positive for ricin. but authorities say they need more testing. they're sending that letter to maryland where the u.s. government does these kinds of tests for suspicious letters. a lot of nerves frayed as a result of this letter. and now a second letter they have stopped. a suspicious letter similar to the letter sent to senator roger wicker of mississippi addressed to the president of the united states. that letter is now being investigated as well. at the same time we've heard of these evacuations and the freezes, if you will, from various senate office buildings. all of this happening in the aftermath of the boston marathon bombings. so nerves are frayed right now. everyone is on edge as the president of the united states gets ready to come to boston tomorrow to participate in an interfaith memorial service. let's go to the white house, brianna keilar is standing by. brianna, i assume the president, he's a
Current
Apr 17, 2013 3:00pm PDT
. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. sglefrjts the united states senate let down an awful lot of people including the newtown families. i don't know how anybody who looked into the eye, could have voted the way they did today. >> michael: vice president joe biden summing up the failure of the senate to pass the manchin toomey gun legislation. six more votes were needed to overcome a filibuster. these four voted against it. minutes after the vote the progressive change campaign committee announced it will run ads against senator. harry reid supported the measure, but voted against it. that allows him to bring it up again for a vote. president obama put the blame squarely at the feet of senate republicans. >> obama: families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders, not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all of our children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. >> michael: the amendment's odds looked so dim that joe manchin too
CNN
Apr 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
president obama and a united states senator and tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. there was a further concern earlier today when a report that other suspicious packages led to partial evacuation of a senate office building on capitol hill. let's go to our chief congressional correspondent dana bash. what is the very latest? >> reporter: although these letters did test positive in the initial tests we are still waiting for the formal test that is coming from a lab in fort detrick, maryland not too far from her in washington. terry friedman over at the justice department is reporting we'll not likely get those results until tomorrow. the hope was we would get them this afternoon but it looks like it will push into tomorrow. the other thing that he is reporting is that the fbi insists that there is no arrest imminent or at least that they are unaware of any imminent arrest in this case. despite the fact that we were told starting yesterday by senators coming out of a briefing including senator clair mccaskill of missouri that law enforcement officials had at least a
PBS
Apr 17, 2013 3:00pm PDT
hunting. members of the united states senate and congress own those firearms. paul ryan, for example, owns one of those and goes hunting with them. >> ifill: that one was a forgone concliewrkz as were the magazine clips, but the background checks not so much. >> our concern with the universal background checks is we think the problem we see is you have to fix the nix system. the first thing you need to do is fix the nix system which is why our industry is funding an initiate toif work at the grass-roots level to work with the states falling down on the jobs and not getting the background checks-- getting the information into the background check system. the system is only as good as the information that's in it, and background checks that are incompleted and accurate don't help anybody. having more of those background checks that are incomplete also doesn't help anybody. >> ifill: as far as you're concerned even though the president-- or harry reid said, this is round one-- both of them said it-- you think for the federal level this argument is over. >> no, i don't think so at all. i met w
Current
Apr 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. they really blew it in the united states senate today. it's a shameful death. >> cenk: i don't even watch baseball any more. part of the answer is the nra. joe manchin had an a-rating from the nra. i was surprised he went this far. listen to what he said this morning. >> they're telling members that our legislation i quote criticize the private transfer of firearms by honest citizens. this bill does not even touch--it does not even touch it. >> that's just a lie. if they lose credibility they've lost everything in washington. >> cenk: but that's the part that amuses me. oh, really like if you lose credibility in washington you've lost everything? my guess is if you have the money you haven't lost a thing. and nra had credit ability? but they did burn bridges. they had a lot of people in their pocket, and manchin was one of them. >> don't you think the bridge hurts manchin more than the nra? i feel like the nra came out of here unscathed and it feels like we're worse off than aurora and newtown. there is no sense of hope. before it felt like if we got ourselves together we could do somethi
CNBC
Apr 17, 2013 12:00pm EDT
letter, as you know, sent -- or detected by capitol police that was sent to a united states senator. that, also, has been -- is the subject of the investigation by the fbi. and for more information about these matters, i refer you to the fbi. the president, i'm sure, you'll ask this, the president has, of course, been briefed on these letters. he was briefed last night and again this morning. secondly, there is obviously a lot of interest in the explosions in boston, and i wanted to make clear, as you heard from the president yesterday, that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and to their families who were injured. those who were injured as well as killed in this heinous and cowardly act. the full weight of the federal government is behind this investigation, which is being led by the fbi. and as the president said, we will find out who did this. we will find out why. and we will bring those responsible to justice. with that said, it is very important that we allow this investigation to run its full course and to ensure that we retain the integrity of that investigation. therefo
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 9:00am PDT
that was sent to a united states senator. that also is the subject of the investigation by the fbi. and for more information about these matters, i refer you to the fbi. the president i'm sure you'll ask this, the president of course has been briefed on these letters. he was briefed last night and against this morning. secondly, there is obviously a lot of interest in the explosions in boston, and i wanted to make clear, as you heard from the president yesterday, that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and to their families who were injured. those who were injured as well as killed in this heinous and cowardly act. the full weight of the federal government is behind this investigation, which is being led by the fbi, and as the president said, we will find out who did this, we will find out why, and we will bring those responsible to justice. that said, it is very important that we allow this investigation to run its full course and to ensure that we retain the integrity of that investigation. therefore, on matters related to the investigation, i would direct you to the fbi. as you know
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 3:00pm PDT
. the environment is not agreed to. >> a few minutes ago, the minority in the united states senate decided it was not worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms even while the families looked on from the senate gallery. >> a big loss for president obama and big loss from the fam faps from newtown who traveled to washington to lobby lawmakers and they lost on the big amendment that was agreed to by democrat manchin and republican toomey. republicans that voted yes, toomey and kirk and collins from maine and mccain from arizona. democrats who voted no. hicamp from north dakota. prior from arkansas . begas from alaska and baucus and reid. >> at the white house it was technically more bipartisan. even hoe harry reid did vote the way he did. i was struck by the want president's comments just before we went on air when he let loose on with a tirade. now, i don't think it was likely anyway. but the president is not -- and that is the way he attacks today . if you read the president's comments simply on the attack of the fellow red state demdements. it is a searing indictment of them and the
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2013 8:00pm EDT
not in committing themselves to at least engage in this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks on the second amendment? the gun lobby argues background checks are unconstitutional, given that justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision on the second and they said basically the second amendment is a personal right to bear arms, not the right of a militia, which it then argued for years. scalia said in that decision laws imposing qualifications on the sale of arms are presumptively lawful. there's no doubt at least in scalia's mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment. the gun lobby also argues background checks are in effect is. you've heard this argument, how do you? all the law-abiding citizens who live by them, but the criminals won't. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since background checks went into effect. there is so careless they try to buy a gun anyway. the argument that is why are there so many gun crimes committed? well, because they get done through other means, which is an
CNN
Apr 17, 2013 8:00am PDT
in washington that a united states senator got a piece of mail with what appears to be at least initial tests show it was positive for the poison ricin. >> it's very eerie, dana. i know you remember it vividly. you lived through that period in 2001 right after 9/11 when there were those anthrax-laced letters that were sent to members of congress, sent to the news media, sent to others and some of those letters proved to be deadly in the process. and now another poison, ricin, believed to have been sent to one senator, maybe another lawmaker or even others and maybe even to the president of the united states. so we don't know if there's any connection to that. we don't know if there's any connection to what occurred here at the boston marathon on monday, but it is very, very eerie and scary when you think about it. standby for a moment, dana. brianna is standing by at the white house. we're waiting for a briefing over at the white house. we'll of course have all of the latest information. one of our other capitol ker correspondents is getting more information. >> i'm in the heart office buildi
ABC
Apr 16, 2013 5:30pm PDT
to breaking news we have at this hour. a letter addressed to a united states senator was intercepted, found to contain a deadly poison. the news is still coming in and pierre thomas has all the late-breaking details right now out of washington. pierre? >> tonight the senate is on high alert after a letter bound for one of its members was intercepted because it may have been tainted with poison. sources are telling us tonight a letter addressed to mississippi senator roger wicker tested positive for ricin in a field test in maryland. the letter was post marked memphis, tennessee. tonight there's no information on who may have sent it. ricin is der reiffed from caster beans and can be lethal if ingested or inhaled. field tests to detective it are unreliable. a source tells us the letter is tested again in a laboratory to get a definitive result. the package was intercepted and never reached the capital complex. still, additional security is being put in place. all mail to capitol hill has been stopped. such scares have happened in washington before. in 2004, a letter containing ricin powder s
SFGTV2
Apr 16, 2013 9:30pm PDT
, senator franken and others have introduced bills in the united states senate to address precisely the questions that you are asking, governor, and we have supported them and we continue to look forward -- as a prosecutor i always want more tools. you know, i see a problem out there and i want to have the tools to fix it. we passed a hate crimes law in 2009 that enables us to work with local law enforcement in much more effective ways to combat hate crimes including but not limited to lgbt motivated violence. so we'd love to have more tools. but, you know, with the tools that we currently have, we're doing as much as we can and i think ruslyn's point about the uptick in the number of complaints we're both receiving, i'm not sure that necessarily reflects, as ruslyn correctly pointed out, that there's an uptick in violence. the doctrine of futility often resulted in less complaints being seen. i think there's a commitment in the federal level to doing our level best on these issues. >> tom, you talk about tools. ruslyn, what kind of tools, part of this is raising awareness, look
CNN
Apr 17, 2013 3:00pm PDT
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FOX News
Apr 16, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. there was a scare with ricin in 2004. something addressed to the united states senator, it came from a guy in mississippi who is apparently a frequent letter writer. they could tell from the tone of the letter. dropped the letter in memphis, tennessee but from the nature of the writing, they were able to figure out who they believe is behind it. you better believe that federal authorities are going to have questions for that person. >> greta: it's amazing when people do things like this, they put their names -- a series of letters they have be been writing and point the finger at themselves. >> absolutely. there is concern for the united states postal service, there were a number of employees before it got to the senate facility outside of washington, d.c. if you were driving a united states mail truck and had this parcel in the back of your truck obviously you would have concerns. good news you are alive but you had some deadly stuff in the truck. >> greta: any idea where he got the ricin. >> we have not heard anything about that. that is something authorities may know. they may be withho
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 12:00pm EDT
the united states senate, and we will be held accountable for what happens here. history is watching. let us be on the right side of history. thank you, madam president, and i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. menendez: madam president, i rise as a parent, as a father, as an american who saw the horror of newtown. too many times, i have come to this senate floor to say i offer my thoughts and prayers to the parents and victims of a assault weapon attack, too many times, too many times. columbine, aurora, virginia tech, newtown, how many times will we have to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence? i have two beautiful children, alicia and rob. they are the most important and cherished things in my life. i don't know what i would do if anything happened to either one of them. so i'm here for them and for the children they may have one day and for every child in newtown and across america whose small voice has been silenced by a gun. i don't think it's an exaggeration to say that each and every member of
MSNBC
Apr 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT
sales vote. right now, a clear majority of the united states senate supports the toomey amendment. 62 senators on record for it. 40 on record against it. that should be great news for people who want background checks, right? after newtown, it's got clear majority support to expand background checks. except the republicans are filibustering it so majority won't matter. the 40 senators who are voting no are not committed to voting against the background check. they are voting against there allowing to be a vote on the background check on the amendment. they are voting to filibuster. a majority is voting in favor, so they are going to try to block the up or down vote. jeff flake waited until the coverage of the bombings last night to announce, quietly, silently, in fact, on his facebook page that he will vote against background checks. eight in ten of his constituents in arizona support background checks. he said last night or rather wrote to facebook last night that he's going to vote no. he's voting to filibuster, quietly. that was last night around 9:00 p.m. hey, arizona senator, jef
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 10:00am EDT
in the united states senate, compromise is being offered on something that 92% of the american people agree with. universal background checks. universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. the united states of america is by adam, an ed american al qaeda on the f.b.i.'s most wanted list who taunts america and says this, you can see it on buzz feed, america is absolutely awash with . sily attainable firearms large capacity clips. you can get them even without ny identification. this from the most wanted on the f.b.i. list. we need to vote in the united states congress. if these young children had the courage to go after their assailant, if the teachers stepped in the way to protect, does congress have the will and the courage to stand up and merely do what it was elected to do? cast a vote in both chambers. cast a vote on behalf of the american people. cast a vote on behalf of these children, on behalf of these parents who have come here to besiege the united states its ess only to do responsibility, to do what we .ake the oath of office for 92% of the american people b
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 7:00am EDT
with colleagues to get as much support as we can. i gave a speech on the floor of the united states senate last evening on this issue. talking to individual senators, participating in our caucuses. we had an emotional caucus yesterday. give begin heard was there, senator joe met -- getty giffords was there, senator joe manchin gave a speech. senator tim came from virginia talked about what happened at virginia tech. senator blumenthal talked about his experiences at sandy hook. it was an emotional day. host: here is a media advisory put out by senator dan coats office. be in aenators will press conference to introduce substitute amendment to gun legislation that they say would fix the background check system , provide resources to address mental health and school safety and protect veterans from false health declarations. host: it is an effort to give cover for people voting against gun safety legislation. it will contain the loopholes we currently have in law. the gun show loophole, the internet issues -- they are not resolving his legislation. so, it is a never to say to people who vote for i
CNBC
Apr 17, 2013 5:00pm EDT
in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms even as these families looked on from the senate gallery. by now it's well known that 90% of the americans support universal background checks to make it harder for a person to buy a gun. convicted felonies, people convicted of domestic violence, people with mental illness. 90% of americans support that idea. most americans think that's already the law. and a few moments ago senators voted for that idea. but it's not going to happen. because 90% of republicans in the senate just voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. but by this continuing distortion of set rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward. i'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here. because the american people are trying to figure out how can something have 90% support and yet not happen. we had a democrat and a republican, both gun owners, both fierce defenders of our second amendment with "a" grades fro
CNN
Apr 17, 2013 10:00am PDT
been laced in a letter delivered to a united states senator. and now a similar letter delivered to the president of the united states. the president was never close to that letter. it was intercepted at a location where they screen all packages and letters going to the white house. very similar to the letter laced -- apparently laced with ricin at least according to preliminary tests. there will be more tests sent to roger wicker, the republican of mississippi. now they're looking at all sorts of other letters that may have been sent as well, suspicious letters. let's go to brianna keilar, our white house correspondent for an update first of all on the letter sent to the president. what can you tell us? the fbi is now in charge of this investigation, brianna. >> the fbi is now in charge of this investigation, wolf. and they are saying that at least preliminarily a letter that was sent to president obama and received on tuesday at an offsite mail facility has tested positive for ricin. when mail goes to the white house, it doesn't actually go to the white house first. it does go
FOX News
Apr 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT
of a sudden getting something like in this sent to the united states senate, you have to start wondering, is this something being triggered here, something going on? it may turn out not to be so but it's would recollect investigating it from that point of view. >> we have all this break news tonight and i'm not sure how to interpret it. but good news i think in terms of the investigation. waga, our affiliate out of atlanta, has what they believe is the pressure cooker that they got the tape of, and there it is up on the screen. certainly that could be helpful to the police. >> right. tracing where it came from is of and trying to get back to who did it. the bad news is they let go of the guy that they thought was connected to this. now, i mean that means they spent the first day, which is a critical day in any terrorism or murder investigation, they spent the day apparently chasing a wrong lead. now maybe it isn't a wrong lead. maybe they don't have enough and they are letting him go ask want to see what the heckle do. it's hard to tell because we don't have the information they have ins
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
where all of the mail that comes to the united states senator's office is screened, tested, opened, and essentially checked to make sure it is clear before they pass it on to the capital complex. so it did not get anywhere close to the capital complex and jay carney told us today at the white house that it did not get anywhere close to the white house or to president obama. so, senator mcconnell was quite happy this morning. said justice would prevail. but said the bottom line was they learned a lot from those 2001 anthrax letter attacks and they made sure that these letters in this case did not get anywhere close to the lawmaker and to the president of the united states. and so bottom line the system worked in this case, bill. >> bill: yeah, one more thing here, mike. is the case considered closed or is there a possibility of more letters being received out there? >> they are on the lookout for other suspicious letters. we had a bunch of offices evacuated or cleared and has mat uniforms come into the capitol or offices around the capitol complex and also some to some district offi
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
of all of our children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. by now it's well known that 90% of the american people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. we're talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness. 90% of americans support that idea. most americans think that's already the law. and a few minutes ago, 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it's not going to happen. because 90% of republicans in the senate just voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. but by this continuing distortion of senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward. i'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here. because the american people are trying to figure out, how can something have 90% support and yet not hap
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 4:15pm EDT
in the united states senate, the other body, could that take place. a vote of 54-46 would not pass. and so disheartening as it is and from reeling from the events that have taken place in boston on patriots day, children all across america cannot be reassured by their parents tonight that they are safe, but the n.r.a. will sleep well this evening. mission accomplished. but there's another chamber and an opportunity for the house of representatives to speak its will on the violence that has been perpetrated across this country and the commonsense background checks that are needed here in this country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back. the chair now lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. shimkus of illinois for today and tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announce d policy mr. barrr, 2013, is recognized. mr. barr: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to subm
CBS
Apr 17, 2013 4:30am PDT
for a plan to expand background checks for people buying guns here in the united states. the senate plans to vote today on the bipartisan proposal but more republicans have declared their opposition to the bill. it seems headed for defeat unless supporters can turn around votes in the closing hours. the senate is also set to vote today on eight other amendments to a broad democratic gun control bill. >>> american airlines warns passengers traveling today that some flights might be canceled after the computer meltdown. american's reservation management system went down yesterday morning keeping the third largest air carrier's planes on the ground and stranding thousands. they fixed it by midafternoon but some passengers might still have some canceled and delayed flights. >>> good news about earnings and housing helped the stock market start to bounce back from its biggest decline of the year. earlier in the week. the dow added 158 yesterday winning back more than half the 265 it lost on monday. nasdaq rose 48. gold was also up by nearly 2%. >>> well, now it costs more than $9,000 a year to
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
is all of a sudden getting something like this sent to the united states senate, you have to start wondering is something being triggered here? is something going on? it may turn out not to be so but it's worth investigating it from that point of view. >>brian: for that point of view is a guy that's written other senators before. >>steve: peter doocy is outside washington, d.c. >> the building behind me is where the field test was done on a piece of mail sent to republican senator roger wicker that came back positive for ric i n poison. we're told the letter was postmarked memphis, tennessee, had no return address but was otherwise not outwardly suspicious. and the f.b.i. says right now more advanced testing is being done at an acredited facility to confirm the letter did contain ric i n. the cdc says it would take a deliberate act to make ricin and poison people. it has no antidote and some senators are on edge. >> it goes to a lot of staff. that's a big concern obviously for all of us. we're very anxious to get more details. >> senators on capitol hill were briefed about this let
FOX Business
Apr 17, 2013 11:00am EDT
states senator that's also been subject of the investigation by the fbi. for more information about these matter, i'll refer you to the fbi. the president, i'm sure, you'll ask, the president has been briefed on the letters, briefed last night and again this morning. secondly, there is, obviously, interest in the explosions in boston, and i wanted to make clear as you heard from the president yesterday that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families injured, as well as killed in the act. the federal weight behind the investigation is led by the fbi. as the president said, we'll find out who did this, find out why, and bring those responsible to justice. that said,s is very important that we allow the investigation to run its full course and retain the integrity of that investigation. therefore, on matters related to the investigation, i would direct you to the fbi. as you know, the fbi is giving them pressings in boston with another briefing today. the president, as you know, has been briefed regularly on the incident in boston. beginning almost immediately after it t
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2013 8:00pm EDT
is coming up that we will be bringing forward in the united states senate in as short a time as this evening. the president is supportive of the process we went through. the president having been in the senate and having seen this process before is very supportive. the president realizes that everybody didn't get what they wanted completely, but it's a product of compromise. we appreciate the president's support, and we believe that that's important as we move forward with the process. the president also agrees that this is the beginning of a process and not the end. we will have hearings, we will have amendments, floor debates. at the end of the day, we will have a bill on the president's desk because all major players that are involved in this issue are now on board, literally every major, whether business or labor and that is a change from the last time we tried this in 2007. questions. >> two more points. we do hope to drop the bill late tonight, and we are working as we speak. and that's very, very important. and one of the things we all agree with is, there ought to be an open process
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 1:00am EDT
thought to be a potential policy of the united states? >> senator, having no forces and no presence post 2014 in my mind would undermine or campaign success. >> well, in this article -- i just found it to be a pretty good summary of some of the difficult choices we're wrestling with and you're having to deal with. i mean, you're not the commander in chief. ultimately the president of the united states, the commander in chief, will decide how many troops are there. you'll make a recommendation up there all the chain, is that correct? chain?ugh the >> that's correct, senator. >> well, one of the things that was troubling to me is our commander in chief, president obama has been there five years and we've got troops on the ground in harm's way right this minute. and this is why mr. michael o'hanlon, the defense analyst at brookings said in this article april 2. one of the most consistent, i guess, observers of our operations in afghanistan and iraq of anybody in america. from the beginning he's been observing, commenting and writing about it and this is the liberal heritage foundation. he s
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 9:00am EDT
, not only is harry reid a united states senator but also a a husband, a father, a grandfather and i hope friend of lots and lots of people, i choose to vote my conscience because, if tragedy strikes again, i'm sorry to say, mr. president, it will, if innocents are ung.a.o.d down in a classroom, theater or restaurant, i would have trouble living with myself aes a senator, as a husband, a fathers, or grandfather and friend, knowing that i didn't do everything in my power to prevent that incident. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: last few days have been trying ones for our nation. monday's attack in boston reminded us that terrorism can still strike anywhere a at any time. and as yesterday's news of an attempt to send ricin to the capitol reminds you it is important as ever to take the steps necessary to protect americans from those who would do us harm. and this morning i'd like to recognize the postal and law enforcement officials for their excellent work in detecting and preventing this threat before it even reached the capitol. t
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 1:00pm PDT
targeted at a u.s. senator, the other at the president of the united states. mike emmanuel, that's what we know for now. have you learned anything else since? >> a developing situation. we've got these two suspicious letters addressed to president obama and republican senator roger wicker and law enforcement sources say they have a person of interest, so we expect the investigation is moving forward. it's important to note both of these letters were stopped at offsite facilities, so they did not get close to the white house or the united states capitol. at the white house, jay carney says the president's been briefed and offered this update. >> the f.b.i. has a lead for determining whether a suspicious powder is a dangerous substance such as risin. and those take place at accredited facilities and they take a certain amount of time, as the f.b.i. has indicated. these procedures are in place. the procedures are effective and in operation now and we are in the midst of that process, which the f.b.i. is your taking at this time -- undertaking at this time. >> heightened security has brought h
Current
Apr 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
but the newtown parents coming down here and personally leadplead with these united states senators showing unbelievable courage and even that is not enough to make a difference? >> in moments like this, i think you have a chance when you have real-life moments like these parents that are coming down. these are practiced politicians. they would rather be doing something else besides flying down here and remembering their lost children. i think that's why you have joe manchin and toomey. they say this is too important. i connect on a parent level, on a personal level not a on a political level. that's why you have those two leaders willing to at least move the ball down. people like us, i think, don't think this should be the first of 10 votes. >> a voice vote. move on to the hard one. this should be the easy one. but that is the nra strategy is don't give them an inch. so they fight to the death over an inch. it's been a political strategy that lapier and those guys follow all along. >> the last note i saw on this i think was on daily beast or daily caller was
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 8:00am PDT
not reached the president of the united states. so the deadly intended to is son has not been delivered. so far the civil is working. jenna: this facility is a remote facility we should mention far away from capitol hill as well as the white house. judy, if you stand by for us, jon has more information for us. jon: jude i did, i want to help everybody go back to the attacks of 9/11 when the nation was very much in shock and on the heels of that came the anthrax attacks. apparently anthrax first mailed to a tabloid newspaper in boca roo tone, florida. where a photo editor was ultimately killed as a result of inhaling the anthrax spores. there were letters sent actually to this building where the "new york post" is in residence among other facilities. and as well as -- >> to me. jon: and to you as well. take us back to what the thinking was at that time. it just seemed like the entire world was coming apart at the scenes. >> it did and that was exactly the intention of the people who were trying to tear or eyes us -- terrorize us at that moment. these are weapons of terror -- [inaudible] beca
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2013 11:00pm EDT
themselves for a least in caging this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks? the gun large lobby argues it is unconstitutional even though justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision that said basically second amendment is a personal right to bear arms not the rights of the militia but laws imposing conditions and qualifications of the commercial sale of arms are lawful so there is no doubt in his mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment and it also argues background checks are ineffective. you have heard this. pass all laws that you want and the law-abiding citizens to live by them but the criminals want. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since back run checks went into effect so careless and stupid they tried anyway. they were stopped. why are there so many crimes committed? because they get the guns through another means through the ads in the newspaper that i mentioned revere and the argument that unless all lot is airtight we should not pass it will be used that standard
KRON
Apr 17, 2013 7:00am PDT
that was sent to the united states senator. that is the subject of investigation by the fbi and four more for mission about these matters i refer you to the fbi. >> the president i'm sure what your last if he has been briefed on the letters. he was briefed last night and then again this morning. >> secondly, there is obviously a lot of interest in the explosions in boston. i want to make clear as you heard from the president yesterday's that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and to the families who are injured. those were injured as well as killed in this heinous and cowardly act. the full weight of the federal government is behind the investigation which is being led by the fbi. >> as the president said, we will find out who did this year it will find out why and we will bring those responsible to justice. >> with that said, it is very important we allow this investigation to run its full course and to insure retain integrity of that investigation. >> therefore, on matters related to the investigation i direct you to the fbi. >> as you know the fbi is giving press briefings on
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 1:00pm EDT
floor as well as in cooperation with their colleagues and ours at the united states senate. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the rule and yes on the underlying bill and i would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of me time. i thank my friend from florida for his service on the rules committee and his service on the intelligence committee. the work that goes on on the intelligence committee, mr. speaker is work that so many members of congress co-not involve themselves in. it goes on deep in the bowls of the cap -- bowels of the capitol complex, it's great security, all electronic devices left outside the door, they can discuss things within the four twhifles committee that we're not allowed to discuss things. when they asked me to hand they will rule, i was concerned, because throughout this process of developing cispa, i've traveled down to that committee room time and time again in order to understand the threats that this nation
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 7:00am EDT
. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to the united states capitol. before we begin our program, all of you know about the tragedy in boston that took the lives of innocent americans and left many others in serious condition. so if you at all rise and join together in a moment of silence for the victims of this attack. thank you all. pursuant to house resolution 364, the house visitor center room 215 of the capitol visitor center has been designated to gabriel zimmerman meeting were. they are placing commemorative plaque that you all season. this meeting and is dedicated in memory of gabe zimmerman who was shot and killed serving the people of arizona, while carrying out his duties as an aide to representative gabby giffords. his dedication to community and to the democratic process inspires all of us to help each other as fellow human beings and as citizens of a caring nation. we are honored today to be joined soon by the vice president of the united states. we're especially grateful for the members of congress that are here. gabe's colleagues, friends, and loved ones who'v who have made y
CNN
Apr 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
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NBC
Apr 16, 2013 11:00pm PDT
. >> there could be a shake-up at the capital, a state senator is calling on governor brown to change the leadership at the public utilities commission, the move follows our investigative unit report last night, uncovering a confidential internal document raising questions about the commitment to safety. >>> chief investigateive reporter joins us from sacramento. tony, it's a big show down, what do you expect tomorrow? >> tensions clearly building here between the state lawmakers and the public utilities commission. today the head of the san bruno senator sa -- senator said he wants the govern, governor brown to call for the president of the puc to step down. >> oh, my god, that is crazy. >> we have a fire ball. still coming out. >> safety is by far their most important responsibility. and they have neglected that responsibility and it's indicated by this report and what we we saw in san bruno. >> this report and years of frustration dealing with the puc, the senator said it's time to change. >> good people lost their lives because an explosion that did not have to occur. the governor
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 12:00pm PDT
, sent to u.s. senators and the president of the united states. this did not reach the white house. but rather at a mail facility that's associated and connected with the white house. we're working to that story as well and take you thrive washington as this breaking news continues on this edition of "studio b" on a very busy wednesday afternoon in boston (announcer) scottrade knows our clients trade and invest their own way. with scottrade's smart text, i can quickly understand my charts, and spend more time trading. their quick trade bar lets my account follow me online so i can react in real-time. plus, my local scottrade office is there to help. because they know i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. i'm with scottrade. (announcer) scottrade. voted "best investment services company." introducing chase liquid. card hassles? the reloadable card that's easy to activate and can be used right away. plus, you can load cash or checks at any chase depositfriendly atm and checks right from your smartphone. get rid of prepaid problems. get chase liquid. >> bill: breaking news no
FOX Business
Apr 17, 2013 1:00pm EDT
. the letters, one sent to the president of the united states, the other two a u.s. senator. this from the fbi saying filters in a second government mail screening facility, preliminarily tested positive for ricin this morning and mail from that facility is tested. there's no indication of a connection to the attack in boston. also, u.s. senator carl levin, a democrat of michigan, reports a suspicious letter at his office or one of the offices in michigan. we are focusing on two letters that preliminarily tested positive for ricin, one to wicker, one to president obama, and the first time, the white house is commenting. >> there was a letter sent to, addressed to the president that, at a off-site mail facility, was noticed to contain a suspicious substance and tests were undertaken. the fbi has the lead in that investigation, and of course they said in the statement they'll be conducting further tests to determine what the nature of the substance is. >> more about the letters here, one to the president, one to the senator, both preliminarily testing positive, and an off-site place and workers
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 2:00am PDT
of this letter said this matter is part of an ongoing investigation by the united states capital police and fbi. i want to thank our law enforcement officials for their hard work and diligence in keeping those who work at the capitol complex safe. in ricin poison found at that time no one was injured but there was no letter levever fou so no rayses were ever made. the united states postal service says their primary concern is keeping employees safe, customers safe and keeping the u.s. mail safe. >> peter doocy live for us in maryland this morning. thank you. >>> other news to bring you noul. it is a some der day in london where we take a live look at the coffin of margaret thatcher as it arrives in st. pauls kau they had dral. amy kellogg joins us from london with more. >> hi patti ann. high hi heather. it is being delivered to the chapel where there will be a short service then it will be carried on to st. paul's cathedral where the funeral is going to take place. vip guests have been arriving over the past hour at st. paul's cathedral. this is going to be the funeral for margaret thatcher
NBC
Apr 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT
head quarter, i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >>> new at 6:00 tonight a state senator is asking governor jerry brown to shake up the lordship at the state's public utilities commission. the call comes less than 24 hours after the nbc bay area investigative unit uncovered a confidential internal document raising questions about the puc's commitment to safety. topekay kovaleski broke the story and the senator has called on the governor to hold someone accountable. >> reporter: in fact he's calling for change at the very top. this is clear ly a report the pc wanted to keep from the public. some admitting safety is not a priority at the puc, admitting working in a culture that fos r fosters cozy relationships with the utilities it regulates. >> that's outrageous and goes to the culture that the puc has, it goes to the leadership of the public utilities commission. >> reporter: state senator jerry hill reacting to the information inside this previously secret, previously confidential report. >> it shows that the culture, that the issue of safety is sdp that has not been a priority.
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
to too many tragedies, including the shootings of a united states congresswoman, gabby gifford who is here today and the murd of 20 innocent school children and their teachers,. >> that's all we are doing? >> protecting more of our people. >> they can get the rest on foxnews.com. the rest of the statement is going to be streaming. >> thank you. >> thank you for that. >> okay, so can i jump in on bob's. >> yes. >> i didn't get to finish my statement. >> jump on him. >> who happens to be a very nice guy. >> he may be a nice guy, that's fine. i like the guy, too. that doesn't mean he is idiotic to make that statement. can i talk about guns here or we have to stick with your topic here? >> you do whatever you want, bob. >> no guns? no guns, of course not. let's let the nra run this too. >> wait a second we would talk about guns if we were pro-nra wouldn't we talk about it, bob? we are talking about this topic a bigger topic. >> a lot of blame to go around on both left and right who had initial response to this. frankly, a lot of us have jumped to the conclusion, myself included, that i
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 10:00am PDT
about the series of incidents a poison letter someone tried to get the president of the united states. it's happening, fyi, across ideological lines and we've now seen democrats and republicans reporting suspicious packages and/or letters sent to them. we will go back to boston as well for the story of a blind man who ran the boston marathon as those bombs went off and this story is nearly as incredible as the everyday hero who was already guiding him those 26 miles when he realized what was going on around him and what he did. and today we will ask the hero with the harvard pedigree about the moment he realized his duties as a guide would involve a lot more than crossing the finish line. okay, team! after age 40, we can start losing muscle -- 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time. [ female announcer ] ensure muscle health has revigor and protein to help protect, preserve, and promote muscle
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